Religion, God, Spirit and the like has been around since the beginning. And it is fraught with an accumulation of jargon, doctrine, dogma, interpretation and most certainly fear. How could such a wonderful concept as Spirit (aka God) become so heavy with such negative ideas?
Way back when...
Somehow we have always known we are more than just what we perceive; that there is a greater intelligence at work, a Higher Self or Consciousness, a God, if you will. Wherever the ancients got this idea, the Source likely hasn't changed much from miracles, messages, supernatural phenomena, coincidence and even universal laws we don't quite under-stand yet. Even so, there is one thing we seem to know for sure; the Source is real and has always been there.
What also has never changed is that humankind likes to study, categorize and interpret things we don't fully understand yet or that we want to understand more. We love to pick something apart to see how it works, and also to learn how manipulate something so it works the way we want it to.
Way back in human history, when the Bible was canonized for the Christian church, it was done more to "control the peasants" than to exemplify faith. It is said that the church Clergy needed a powerful way to command respect and to create laws of for their society. The leaders of the largest church, at that time Catholicism, began setting into play a doctrine that still stands today, well over 2,000 years later. This doctrine included edicts about only men being allowed in the priesthood, women being banned from church on their menses in that it was an unholy time, to the ever-changing identity of Mary Magdalene who has risen from prostitute to saint over the centuries.
The church protected this doctrine with some very clear directives in that to change God's Word or what God (supposedly) had set into the Bible was not only a sin but in England until 1525, it was a crime. Still the books of the Bible were translated many times and into many languages over the centuries, some with and some without the eyes or permission of the church. Here is a brief history from Wikipedia:
1) 1400 BC came the Ten Commandments
2) 500 BC came the 39 Books of the Old Testament in Hebrew
3) 1st Century AD came the first Greek Bible with 27 Books of the New
4) 315 AD the first Canonized New Testament containing 27 Books by
Bishop Alexandria, a Catholic Priest
5) By 500 AD the Bible had been translated into over 500 languages
6) 995 AD was the first English translation
7) 1384 AD, John Wycliffe completed the first handwritten copy of all 80
books. He was an Oxford Professor, scholar & theologian
As you can see, there are many opportunities for a wide variety of perspectives, and the very act of translation itself was able to shape the text we have today. More importantly however, the stories in the Bible had been written many times "before" the Bible was even produced (Lesson #2). This raises the question about whether or not the stories in the Bible actually happened as many seem to believe, or if it's even necessary that they did in order for people to be able to find and connect with The Source, which is likely the true reason for the Bible in the first place.
My journey has always been to question what society seems to accept so easily, and as a result, I have come to a new understanding of what Faith really is. Hopefully the lessons herein will assist you in deciding for yourself about what is true for you.